There’s much more to quilts than meets the eye. Quilts were used to promote abolition in the US, quilts are used to celebrate marriages and births in Central Asia, and quilts have even made an impact on world trade. The International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a world-class collection of quilts and the stories that bring them to life.
In January 2020, ReadWorks and the International Quilt Museum began a partnership to make these stories and digital visuals of the quilts and their makers accessible to teachers and students across the country. When museums and schools started to close due to COVID-19, our partnership became even more critical, as teachers, students, and families began to rely more and more on digital resources for learning. As Chris, a teacher in Nebraska shared, “I’m going to share these resources with my students because some have asked for more information on Nebraska history. I love to make my lessons relatable to them, and they seem to appreciate it. The quilts have an international, storied folk history, and showing my students the ways in which we are similar helps us to connect to each other.”
Partnerships like this take valuable and interesting information that had been limited to only the families who visit the museum and make it available for millions more children to benefit from.
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We are grateful to the Robert & Ardis James Foundation Fund for making this partnership possible.